French Open: Top Five Historic Moments

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The French Open is the center of attraction in the tennis world at the moment. The 2015 edition of the clay court competition has kicked off and we are bound to see the rise of new heroes .

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Rafael Nadal wins his first French Open (2005)

The tennis Grand Slam is rich when it comes to its past and since we are all excited about the 2015 French Open, here is a look back at some of the historic moments from the tournament’s archives.

#1 Bjorn Borg’s first Grand Slam (1974)

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Bjorn Borg’s First Grand Slam (1974)

Bjorn Borg made history back in 1974 when he went on to win the French Open as an 18 year old. He faced off against Manuel Orantes in the final and came out winning despite trailing 1-4 in the second set. It was the first of his six French Open titles.

#2 Sixteen Year-Old Seles (1990)

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Sixteen Year-Old Seles (1990)

While most of the 16 year-old girls were busy with boyfriends and school back in 1990, Monica Seles went on to win the French Open. She defeated World number one Steffi Graf in the final and became the youngest ever champion in the tournament. She also completed her hat-trick of titles after snatching the title in 1991 and 1992.

#3 Steffi Graf and 18 year-old Hingis (1999)

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Steffi Graf and 18 year-old Martina Hingis (1999)

The 1999 edition of French Open saw a jaw-dropping final between Steffi Graf and an 18 year old Martina Hingis. Hingis was just three points away from making history and winning the title but Steffi managed to turn it around. Hingis soon cracked under pressure and the fans were not helping her as well. Steffi eventually won the match and the image of Hingis crying after the loss remains etched in the minds of fans.

#4 Rafael Nadal wins his first French Open (2005)

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Rafael Nadal wins his first French Open (2005)

Rafael Nadal is known as the King of Clay. His numerous wins in the French Open is clearly the reason and there is nothing sweeter than the first win. Nadal’s first French Open title came back in 2005 on his tournament debut when he defeated Mariano Puerta. Click on next page to see our top moment from the French Open.




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